NIASM initiates a certificate course for its associates
On 15th July 2021, ICAR-NIASM, formally initiated 'NIASM Associate Course (NAC)' on Agriculture and Abiotic Stress Management for all the NIASM Associates i.e., research associates (RAs), senior research fellows (SRFs), young professionals (YPs) and other research and technical staff. This new programme of NIASM has been initiated with the following objectives.
- To improve the knowledge of NIASM associates on agriculture.
- To understand the mechanisms of abiotic stresses and their management.
- To improve the interactions among the scientists, technical, students and associates.
- To provide an opportunity for improving the career of the associates.
- To inculcate a spirit of academics at NIASM.
The NAC programme will be offered every year and will cover the following broad topics for the benefit of the participants.
- General agriculture with special emphasis on Indian agriculture
- Principles of crop, animal, poultry and fish productions
- Principles of natural resource management
- Basics of horticulture, agro-forestry and forestry
- Fundamentals of agricultural engineering and farm management
- Principles of crop protection, insect and diseases
- Advanced tools and techniques of biotechnology, phenomics and genomics
- Environmental pollution and climate change
- Social sciences, extension and economics
- Management skills
The duration of the NAC is of four months with two lectures per week (Thursday and Friday at 4-5 PM). It also consists of periodical evaluation of the associates in the form quiz, submission of project reports and science presentation by the participants.
On successful completion of the course, the associates will be given certificates and the toppers will be recognized with awards.
The inaugural lecture for the course was delivered by Dr. Himanshu Pathak, Director, ICAR-NIASM on “Indian Agriculture: Past, Present and Future”.